Is It a Waste of Time? – Cooking

As I sit around, watching YouTube, occasionally getting on my phone, browsing the Internet, and checking social media I can’t help feel like I’m wasting time. And while watching TV or playing video games 24/7 might not be very productive, not everything that feels like a waste of time is. Let’s explore, shall we?


So, you wake up in the morning, get dressed with your nice, clean clothes, and then head to the kitchen for some breakfast. In order for that to occur, a few things need to take place:

  1. You need to wake up and walk to the kitchen.
  2. You need money to purchase food.
  3. You need to cook the food.


Yes, you can just stop at a restaurant for a bacon, egg, and cholesterol sandwich, with a side of sodium tots. But let’s face it. That’s not the best thing for your body or your wallet.

We’re going to assume that you want to eat healthy. And that means a few things:

  1. You need to eat fruits and vegetables, along with lean meats, whole grain breads, and dairy (if your body allows it).
  2. You need to stay away from prepackaged meals filled with preservatives.
  3. You need to lower your intake of sodium and sugar.
  4. You need to control your eating, having three to four concise meals per day, keeping portions small.
  5. You need to limit your intake of caffeine and alcohol.
  6. You need to drink mainly water.

This can be done while eating out, if you are eating at primarily local diners and restaurants whose focus is healthy, “organic” foods.

However, let’s say you don’t live in Southern California, so you only have the basic franchises nearby. This means you need to acquire your own foods and ingredients and then put them together; also known as “cooking.” And here’s what cooking entails:

  1. You need to go shopping for the food.
  2. You need to prep the food.
  3. You need to cook the food.
  4. Then you can eat.
  5. But after you eat, you need to do the dishes.
  6. And finally, clean up the kitchen.

Like laundry, this is a process. Not every part of the process requires you be involved or even vigilant. At some point it’s likely that you’ll be able to set a timer and read a book for 15 minutes. But, yes, the time spent cleaning, prepping, actively stirring or mixing, and essentially “cooking” food is very important. You can’t always eat out. It’s not that healthy for you. It’s also just more expensive. And, again, similar to doing the laundry you can have music playing or have the TV on while cooking.

So, no, spending all that time cooking is not a waste… unless you burn the food. It’s cheaper than eating out, healthier for you, and it can be a valuable skill to learn.

-Diggs out

P.S. – cooking can also impress people who can’t cook. 😉

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